Politics

Poll: Few Votes Changed By FBI Announcement

| by Ray Brown

Politicians might be feuding over whether FBI Director James Comey should have announced he had more evidence to look at in relation to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's ongoing private server investigation, but with less than two weeks to go before Election Day, voters don't seem to have been impacted.

According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll, Clinton leads Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump 46 percent to 43 percent in a head-to-head race. When Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein are included, Clinton leads Trump 42 percent to 39 percent.

In a Politico/Morning Consult poll taken before Comey's announcement, Clinton did slightly better in a head-to-head against Trump with a lead of 2 percentage points. But her numbers were the same in a four-way race.

"It is unlikely that there will be a dramatic shift in the polls before Election Day," said Morning Consult co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp, according to Politico. "While Friday's news may be considered an 'October surprise,' it doesn't seem to be moving the needle as of now."

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But the polls do appear to be tightening.

In an ABC News/Washington Post poll, Clinton and Trump are in a dead heat, with the Democratic nominee barely edging out the real estate developer 46 percent to 45 percent.

And in the pivotal swing state of Florida, Trump leads Clinton 46 percent to 42 percent, according to a New York Times poll.

But Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama and a Clinton surrogate, said polls this close to an election can be misleading.

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“The ABC/WaPo tracker also had Romney up by 2-3 this week [in 2012] (in our internal polling, he never was),” Favreau tweeted.

Sources: Politico, ABC News/Washington Post, New York Times, Jon Favreau/Twitter/ Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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